80 days and 5 hrs…
That’s how long we have to wait for IndyCar to return. After a tense, confusing, but nonetheless exhilarating 2020 season, fans and drivers alike are ready to get 2021 started.
Teams have already begun testing and each day exciting announcements come from IndyCar. There are a few things to look forward to in 2021: There’s a race in Nashville, Indy Lights is back and probably most excitingly…some of our favorite drivers are returning to the track.
After a devastating break-up between Hinch and Arrow McLaren SP in 2019, Hinch is back and full-time. The Canadian fan-favorite will be racing with Andretti Autosport in 2021 and personally…I couldn’t be happier.
Not only does Hinch bring a huge partnership in Genesys to the Andretti Autosport team, but additionally has a stable relationship with his teammates and boss. Hinch previously raced for Andretti Autosport from 2012-2014.
Remember “Manica,” that iconic moment where Hinch wore a beautiful black wig and imitated the driver he replaced, Danica Patrick…? Yes. That was the result of the Andretti Autosport partnership. I am sure we will see many more antics like such on race weekends.
In addition to the antics, I am excited for another reason…
What I am most looking forward to…is hearing about all the drama that happens on-track with his teammate Alexander Rossi on “Off-Track with Hinch and Rossi.” Poor Thim.
Simona De Silvestro
In 2021, De Silvestro will make her return to IndyCar with a run at the Indianapolis 500.
De Silvestro last raced IndyCar in 2015. Since then, we’ve seen a lot of changes, a new chassis, new teams and even a new series owner. She will race with Paretta Autosport a team led by motorsport executive, Beth Paretta.
Luckily, the team is partnered with Team Penske and if there’s one team that understands what it takes to win the 500, it’s them.
This is the type of announcement IndyCar fans need. It’s a look to the future of the sport, and I know I am very excited to see her back.
A former Rookie of the Year winner (2017), Ed Jones is set to make a full-time return to IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing and Vasser Sullivan Racing.
Jones has an impressive resume and a solid relationship with team co-owner Dale Coyne. Previously, Jones brought his boss a third-place finish in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, the highest place the owner has had.
In my opinion, Jones needs a chance to prove what he can really do in IndyCar and this full-time ride may be a step in proving what type of driver he is. I am looking-forward to seeing what he does in 2021.
Is it April yet?